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Chemistry: Databases


To find full text, look for Article Linker or "Other Sources" (in SciFinder).

VPN allows off-campus access to journals be same as if one were on-campus.

Recommended Databases for Chemistry

Here is a selective list of the most useful database for the chemical literature. For a complete A-Z list of all databases at Auburn University, see Databases by Title on the library homepage.

SciFinder is the main database for chemistry. Search by keyword, substance or reaction. See the SciFinder Web page for more information.

Structure databases -- Between these three databases, all crystal structures are covered

Cambridge Crystallographic Database System (CCDS) contains published crystallographic data on more than 1,000,000 organic, organometallic, and metal complex compounds. Search by structure, substructure, chemical name, cell parameters, and molecular formula. Updated approximately twice per year. CCDS is installed on one of the computers at the 2nd floor Reference Desk in the main library (the name of the desktop shortcut is "ConQuest 1.14") and can also be accessed remotely via VPN. A third access method is via the online database WebCSD (some of the advanced modules are only on the desktop installations).

Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD) contains ovoer 185,000 inorganic crystal structures. It is installed on one of the computers at the 2nd floor Reference Desk in the main library (the name of the shortcut to ICSD is "Find It").

Protein Data Bank contains over 70,000 experimentally-determined structures of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies.

The rest of the databases recommended for chemistry are listed in alphabetical order because depending on your research, any of these may be a critical database.

Engineering Village is the main database for engineering. This can make it a useful place to look for applied chemistry articles and conference proceedings that SciFinder may miss.

Google Scholar lacks the indexing that most databases listed above offer, but it is a huge database. It is useful for checking references, finding links to full-text, and performing a cited reference searching.

PubMed or MEDLINE  (nearly the same data, different interface) covers biomedical research and clinical sciences for all health sciences. Although a keyword search in SciFinder searches MEDLINE in addition to Chemcial Abstracts, it is harder to use Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) terms in SciFinder than it is in PubMed or MEDLINE.

Web of Science (aka Science Citation Index) is an interdisciplinary database that covers the major journals in all sciences, including the medical sciences, and engineering. It is the major cited reference database ... although SciFinder does this better for chemistry articles published after 1997. Since Google Scholar links directly to the publisher's website it can be helpful for getting full text -- but if the link fails or asks for money check the Library catalog to see if we have the journal in print or online.